A blog about Bloomsbury Academic's 33 1/3 series, our other books about music, and the world of sound in general.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Design contest anyone?

One thing I love about the series design is how easy it is for people to play around with. Last year, Tom Scharpling came up with this one on Kriss Kross (got the cropping wrong, though). And last year Hayden Childs, author of the 33 1/3 on Richard and Linda Thomson's Shoot Out The Lights came up with a series of great covers over on the Powell's blog. Now Jim A. has come up with some great covers for the best of the worst possible 33 1/3s. Click here for the full set (via NY Magazine's Vulture). I also really like the Prince idea.

How about this? Make your own hypothetical 33 1/3 cover, put a link to the image in the comments of this post, we'll pick a winner* some time after the July 4th holiday, and the winner will get some recent 33 1/3s, some doo-dads we have around the office, and maybe a copy of A Cultural Dictionary of Punk which is just off the press, and has already gotten plenty of compliments in the cover design department.

*Just so there is no confusion, this is a contest to make an amusing 33 1/3 book cover that will (most likely) never become a book, not an open call for proposals for new books in the series.


Anonymous said...

I have to quote your qualification at the foot of the post:

"Just so there is no confusion, this is a contest to make an amusing 33 1/3 book cover that will (most likely) never become a book, not an open call for proposals for new books in the series."

Have to say that made me laugh - the thought of another avalanche of proposals must be enough to send you wacko ...

uncle3bears said...

OK - I'm bored, so let me be first in here - Blue Oyster Cult's 'Tyranny and Mutation':


Hayden Childs said...

No love for the ones I made for Powell's around this time last year?


John Mark said...

Sorry about that, Hayden! Been a long morning already and the sun is shining in NYC for the first time in a month. I'll put those up now. And then I'm leaving early.

uncle3bears said...

Okay, clearly I have too much time on my hands - because I have done another three.

UFO - Phenomenon:

Van Halen (1978 debut):

The Flamin Groovies - Shake Some Action:

spedwig said...

Guess I'll throw the old hat into the ring.


Anonymous said...

To make this easier on those of us who aren't designers, would anyone be willing to make a "cover generator" where we could upload the album picture, book title and author's name into a field and then an image of the cover would be auto generated? =)

Anonymous said...

Has anyone done "Thriller" by Farah Fawcett?

Todd said...

Oh, Inverted World by Zach Braff.

(+ others at the flickr set)

spedwig said...

And another one . . .

John Mark said...

Here's one I did over the weekend.

Remember the cropping... the books have a black border around the colorful bits in the middle.

I use the magic of MS Paint for mine, but if someone has the knowhow to make a 33.3 cover generator, that would be awesome.

spedwig said...


New versions, including the black border this time. . .

The Pope


John and Yoko

BlackCoffeeDuck said...

Hey I've made four book covers which are:
#1 Dr. Feelgood by Pamela Anderson
#2 Elephant by Dumbo
#3 Live 1966 by Judas Iscariot
#4 Alice by Lewis Carroll
Come over to my journal on last.fm


S.45rpm said...

Take a pick:


John Mark said...

These are great, keep 'em coming...

Unknown said...

Here is one I just did:



Unknown said...

another one. I really enjoy the musician penned books, so here is my dream book in that idea:


Planet Waves by Jeff Tweedy

BlackCoffeeDuck said...

What about these:
(Hilary Duff's) Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
Trainspotting (Soundtrack) by Irvine Welsh
(Sonic Youth's) Sonic Nurse by Richard Prince
(Bob Dylan's) Modern Times by Charlie Chaplin

I have not made these covers but I might over the weekend hopefully will be a bit better than last time.

e said...

Don't have access to design tools at the moment, so you'll just have to use your imagination.
Here are mine:

The Queen Is Dead by Prince Charles

Highway 61 Revisited by Google Maps

Blonde on Blonde by Jenna Jameson & Tracy Lords

Thriller by Michael Crichton

Moondance by Buzz Aldrin

henry said...

I hope I'm not too late…
Here's my first crack at it:

Metal Machine Music by Lester Bangs

Talking Heads: 77 by Brian Eno

The Modern Lovers by Lou Reed

Whipped Cream & Other Delights by Greil Marcus


BlueRedBlue said...

Genesis: The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway
by Dr. Hannibal Lecter

"Rael ate the Lamia with some fava beans and a nice Pinot Grigio since the Chianti didn't go as well with seafood."


John Mark said...

We'll try to draw this to a close and cast our secret ballots before the weekend. White smoke from the chimney will indicate that we have elected a winner.